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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Fort Calhoun

1st November 1834


Genl C. Gratiot

Chief Engineer

Washington D.C.




I have the honor to report that the operations of the Engineer Department at this place for the past month, have consisted in the reception & proper distribution of Materials for the Work. It is believed that the whole quantity of stone called for this year, will have been received before the end of the current month. When is not otherwise directed, operations will be suspended for the Winter, & the Force discharged.


I remain Sir

Very respectfully

Your Obt Servt


R. E. Lee

Lt. Engs


The Chesapeake in her way to Washn last Wednes (29th) would not allow herself to be boarded & consequently the Drawing could not be returned, I will endeavor to get it aboard tomorrow.


R. E. Lee






Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.183, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 2

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